Solomon Arase, The IG of Police, has denied reports that officers of the Force had killed some members of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) and the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), during their protests across parts of the country.
Recall that following the arrest and continued detention of Director of Radio Biafra and Leader of IPOB, Nnamdi Kanu, by Nigeria’s secret Police, the Department of State Services (DSS), his supporters had organised massive protests across parts of Delta, Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Bayelsa and Rivers States, calling for his immediate release.
Arase, in a statement by the Force Public Relations Officer, Olabisi Kolawole on Thursday in Abuja, described the reports as social media speculations, stressing that despite provocation, police officers had managed the situation with a high sense of responsibility and professionalism.
He called on the citizens to disregard the allegation by the two groups, describing it as false and a calculated attempt to attract undue attention and sympathy.
The IGP however, called on the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo to halt the ongoing protests in parts of the country by members of MASSOB and IPOB.
The IG asked Ohanaeze to save law-abiding and innocent citizens in the affected states from the hardship being meted to them by MASSOB and IPOB.
He reminded the protesters, particularly those embarking on violent street protests that, “such actions are criminalised by law, and anybody arrested will be treated as such under the appropriate legislations.”
The statement said: “The IG, while calling on the leadership of Ohanaeze to wade into these superfluous protests, to save the law-abiding and innocent citizens in the affected states from the hardship being meted by the groups, reminded those embarking on violent protests/assemblies that such actions are criminalised by law, and anybody arrested will be treated as such under the appropriate legislations.”